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Bachelor of Humanitarian And Community Studies

About the Course
The Bachelor of Humanitarian and Community Studies provides students with the knowledge and skills required to work with individuals, groups and communities in areas of reduced or limited infrastructure. In particular, students will gain practical skills to work effectively and safely with communities in situations where resources are limited due to geographic location (remoteness), social circumstances, emergency situations or regional disaster.

 

Themes running through the course include multi-disciplinary practice, challenging cross┐cultural constructs and working in remote locations. Students will exit the three year program with both a foundation in human services work providing eligibility to join the Australian Institute for Welfare and Community Workers and practical skills based on the entry/application requirements of Humanitarian Aid agencies for work as a humanitarian logistician.

 

This course will provide students with the necessary skills to prepare them to work effectively in remote communities in Australia, disaster affected areas nationally and internationally and in logistically supporting Humanitarian Aid agencies.

 

Students must have cleared a Police Check before they can undertake field placements. Students whose Police Checks are not cleared by the education sectors will not be able to undertake field placements and will not therefore be able to complete the requirements of the course.

 

Students are required to have a valid drivers license due to four wheel drive training requirements.

 

Course Structure
The course is comprised of 240 credit points of core, common and elective units including introductory units in social work, psychology and sociology, direct practice with individuals and groups, community work and community development, project management, legal issues, social policy and remote and regional practice.

 

The core units include practical skill development combined with theoretical knowledge. Students will undertake a remote project experience unit which includes a residential component possibly at Katherine and Mataranka to develop practical skills needed to cope in areas of reduced infrastructure. In their final year students are required to undertake a 50 days of field education in a regional or remote location where they can apply and integrate the skills developed through earlier units.

 

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 240 credit points

 

Of the total 240 credit points:
-Not more than 100 credit points may be taken from 100 level units
-A minimum of 40 credit points must be taken from 300 level units

-Not more than 30 credit points shall be included with a grade of "PT" or "PC" or "PS"

 

Professional Recognition

Graduates are eligible to join the Australian Institute of Welfare and Community Workers (AIWCW).

 

Career Opportunities

Graduates will have the skills to work as Community and Welfare Workers in a variety of environments either with government or private agencies, with Humanitarian AID agencies nationally and internationally, as a humanitarian logistician.

 

There are Admission Requirements and English Language Requirements for International Students.

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